The Publishing House and its History

HÖRCOMPANY was founded in 2000 by Angelika Schaack and Andrea Herzog with the aim of producing beautiful and high-quality audio books for children and young people, which adults also enjoy listening to. Carefully selected material is adequately realised for the audio books and spoken by excellent actors.

This is why HÖRCOMPANY is one of the most awarded publishing houses, which has been awarded the prestigious prize for the best “Children's and Youth Audio Book of the Year”, the “Children's Audio Book Prize BEO”, the “German Audio Book Prize” and the “Auditorix” several times. In 2021, HÖRCOMPANY was delighted to receive the coveted "Best Children's and Young People's Audiobook of the Year" award for the audiobook " The Things That Will Not Stand" for the third year in a row - following " The Willoughbys " (2019) and "The Boy from the Last Row" (2020).

Since 2016, HÖRCOMPANY has been part of the W1-Media group, and since 2002 there has been a sales cooperation with the Beltz publishing group.

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HÖRCOMPANY audiobooks tell great and exiting stories for children and young adults with a broad and diverse spectrum of genres: adventure stories, fiction and non-fiction, poetry, songs, literary novels and humor for all ages.

Award-winning authors like Jason Reynolds, Lea-Lina Oppermann, Verena Reinhardt, Finn-Ole Heinrich or Marie-Aude Murail with »Simpel«, coin the program with a unique literary note. Selected all-age-titles like the bizarre fantasy-series with skeleton-detective ›Skulduggery Pleasant‹ shape the profile. Poems, songs and nursery rhymes contribute to create a distinctive listening experience. The series WELTLITERATUR FÜR KINDER re-narrates classical material in a lively manner, complemented by dramatized excerpts of the original text. In the series KINDER ENTDECKEN BERÜHMTE LEUTE children can learn about the life of famous inventors and adventurers.

Treasures like the German classic »Der Sängerkrieg der Heidehasen« or the stories from the ›GRUFFELO‹-team Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler and their German voice Ilona Schulz complete the program. High-quality provisions and elaborated booklets complement the concept.

Currently a versatile selection is available with titles like »Ich heiße Billy Plimpton«, »Biest & Bethany« as well as the audio book of the international bestseller » They Both Die at the End« by Adam Silvera.


Award-winning narrators matching the respective material give each audiobook a unique sound. Amongst the narrators are Wolfgang Völz, Martin Baltscheit, Fritzi Haberlandt, Jörg Pohl, Peter Lohmeyer, Sandra Hüller, Peter Kaempfe, Stefan Kurt, Birte Schnöink, Jens Wawrczeck, Julia Nachtmann, Julian Greis, Katharina Thalbach, Gerhard Garbers, Konstantin Graudus, Rainer Strecker and many other award-winning actors.

Current awards

  • German Audio Book Prize 2023 - Best children's audio book of the year 2021 – Der Junge aus der letzten Reihe
  • hr2 Best children's audiobook of the year 2021 – Michael Gerard Bauer: Dinge, die so nicht bleiben können
  • AUDITORIX 2020 – Meg Wolitzer, Holly Goldberg Sloan: An Nachteule von Sternhai
  • AUDITORIX 2020 – Onjali Q. Raúf: Der Junge aus der letzten Reihe
  • hr2 Best children's audiobook of the year 2020 – Onjali Q. Raúf: Der Junge aus der letzten Reihe
  • hr2 Best children's audiobook of the year 2019 – Lois Lowry: Die schreckliche Geschichte der abscheulichen Familie Willoughby


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Semperstraße 24
22303 Hamburg


Phone +49 (0)40 607 706 719


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Contact Person

Angelika Schaack
+49 (0)40 607 706 722

Project management
Michele Blanchard
+49 (0)40 607 706 719

Sales Verlagsgruppe Beltz
+49 (0)6201 60 07-0

Public Relations
+49 (0)40 607 706 721